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The Department of Education

Teaching All Students

At Seton Hill, we’ve been preparing educators for more than a century. Today, our education faculty continue to combine classroom experience at all levels with an unmatched dedication to preparing tomorrow’s teachers. As a result, Seton Hill’s Education Department provides current and future teachers with the skills and strategies they need to meet the needs of all students.  

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Fill out an easy online Request for Information form to learn more about Undergraduate Programs, Graduate Programs or Adult Degree Programs.

Degree Programs in Education

Undergraduate Degrees 

Graduate Degrees 

Autism Endorsement

Seton Hill also offers a 12-credit graduate level program that will prepare you to add the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Autism Spectrum Disorders Endorsement to your professional credentials. The program can be completed on its own or added to any graduate education degree. (The Special Education: Autism Specialization M.A. incorporates these 12 credits.)

View our comparison chart to help figure which Seton Hill University Graduate Education Program is best for you!

Combined/Accelerated Degrees

View a full list of programs in the Seton Hill University Department of Education below.

Becoming A Certified Teacher

At Seton Hill, you can fulfill all of the academic requirements for teaching certification while earning your degree.  

Areas of certification include:

Your Career in Education  

As an Apple Distinguished School, Seton Hill will provide you with the experience and skills needed to succeed in today’s technology-driven learning environments. Plus, our focus on developing educators with the ability to work effectively with students having a wide variety of learning styles, challenges and gifts will prepare you perfectly for a career in education. Seton Hill’s award-winning Career and Professional Development Center will help you plan your career and find the best internships and experiential learning opportunities.

Education Faculty

 As a student in the Education Department at Seton Hill you will enjoy learning from faculty with both academic and classroom experience. Your faculty advisor will assist you with everything from choosing courses to deciding on a career path or graduate school.  

Child Development Center

NAEYC logoSeton Hill University’s Child Development Center is a preschool for children ages three to five. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Center is under the direction of Seton Hill’s School of Education and Applied Social Sciences. As a student in the Education Department the Child Development Center can provide you with the opportunity to observe, work and learn in an accredited early childhood environment. 

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Education Programs

From Degrees To Careers

B.A. in Educational Studies
B.A. in Elementary Education (Pre K - 4) with Special Education (Pre K - 8)

Careers in Elementary Education with Special Education include:

  • Professional Educator
  • Educational Software Design
  • Textbook Development
  • Educational Programs in Correctional Institutions
More about Elementary Education (Pre K - 4) with Special Education (Pre K - 8)
M.Ed. in Innovative Instruction

Careers in Innovative Instruction include:

  • Teaching
  • Higher Education
  • Corporate & Business Training
  • Healthcare Training
  • Consulting
More about Innovative Instruction
M.A. in Special Education

Careers in Special Education include:

  • Professional Educator
  • Educational Programs in Correctional Institutions
  • Textbook Development
  • Educational Software Design
More about Special Education
M.A. in Special Education - Autism Specialization

Special Education: Autism Specialization (M.A.)

More about Special Education - Autism Specialization
M.A. in Elementary/Middle Level Education

Careers in Elementary/Middle Level Education include:

  • Educational Programs in Correctional Institutions
  • Textbook Development
  • Professional Educator
  • Educational Software Design
More about Elementary/Middle Level Education
Certificate in Teaching

In addition to degree programs in education, Seton Hill prepares future teachers for the certification necessary to teach in Pennsylvania, and most other states. Certification leads to careers that include:

  • Professional Educator
  • Educational Programs in Correctional Institutions
  • Educational Software Design
  • Textbook Development
More about Teaching

 

Which Seton Hill University Graduate Education Program is Best for You?

Program Differentiators Elementary/Middle Level Ed. (M.A.) Special Education (M.A.) Special Education: Autism Specialization (M.A.) Innovative Instruction (M.Ed.) Autism Endorsement
Number of Courses / Credits 30 credits
(10 courses)
30 credits
(10 courses)
30 credits
(10 courses)
30 credits
(10 courses)
12 credits
(4 courses)
Program Format Blended: online & evening courses Online: 8 week sessions Online: 8 week sessions Online: 8 week sessions Online: 8 week sessions
Time to Complete 1 year or more; you set the pace 1 year or more; you set the pace 1 year or more; you set the pace 1 year or more; you set the pace 2 semesters

Internship / Student Teaching

Student teaching; Course imbedded fieldwork Course imbedded fieldwork Course imbedded fieldwork Field internship Course imbedded fieldwork
Teacher Certification Required for Admission No: Additional courses and student teaching will be required for initial certification applicants. Yes: If you plan to add special education certification.

No: If you do not intend to teach. Program Director approval required.
Yes: This program is for those already certified in Special Ed.

Yes: If you plan to teach.

No: If you plan to provide training or present information outside of a traditional classroom.

Yes: If you are a current teacher. 

No: If you aren't preparing for the Pa. Dept. of Education’s Autism Endorsement.
Can I Add the Autism Endorsement to An Existing Teaching Certificate? Yes: Additional 12 credits Yes: Additional 9 credits N/A: Already built into the curriculum Yes: Additional 12 credits Yes: Additional 12 credits
GRE or GMAT Required? No No No No No
Is it Too Late to Apply? No: Apply any time. No: Apply any time. No: Apply any time. No: Apply any time. Program begins in the fall and run through the spring.
Can I Add a Teaching Certification? Optional: Middle Level - Grades 4-8 with additional coursework. Special Ed: Pre-K-8 or 7 - 12 when added to initial teacher certification. N/A N/A N/A